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    solving equation

    am i using a valid alternative solution?

    question:

    \sin x+\cos\frac{x}{2}=0

    correct solution:

    \sin(2\cdot\frac{x}{2})+cos\frac{x}{2}=0

    \2sin\frac{x}{2}\cos\frac{x}{2}+cos\frac{x}{2}=0

    \cos\frac{x}{2}(\2sin\frac{x}{2}+1)=0

    \cos\frac{x}{2}=0, \sin\frac{x}{2}=-\frac{1}{2}

    since  0\leq x<2\pi, \sin\frac{x}{2}\geq 0

    \sin\frac{x}{2}\neq -\frac{1}{2}

    x=\pi

    my solution (is this correct?):

    \sin x+\sin(\frac{\pi}{2}\cdot\frac{x}{2})=0

    2\sin\frac{x+\pi}{4}=0, \cos\frac{3x-\pi}{4}=0

    \frac{\pi}{4}\leq\frac{x+\pi}{4}<\frac{3}{4}\pi, /frac{\pi}{4}\leq\frac{3x-\pi}{4}<\frac{5}{4}\pi

    \frac{x+\pi}{4}=0, \frac{3x-\pi}{4}=\frac{\pi}{2}

    since 0\leq x<2\pi, x\neq -\pi

    x=\pi
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    Re: solving equation

    Quote Originally Posted by muddywaters View Post
    my solution (is this correct?):
    \sin x+\sin(\frac{\pi}{2}\cdot\frac{x}{2})=0
    What have you done here?

    An altenative solution could be to use the fact that \cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)=\sin\left(\frac{\pi}{  2}-\frac{x}{2}\right)
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    Re: solving equation

    Quote Originally Posted by Siron View Post
    What have you done here?

    An altenative solution could be to use the fact that \cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)=\sin\left(\frac{\pi}{  2}-\frac{x}{2}\right)
    i'm sorry you're right. typo >< it should be \cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)=\sin\left(\frac{\pi}{  2}-\frac{x}{2}\right)
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    Re: solving equation

    with that, is it a valid alternative solutioN?
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    Re: solving equation

    ish. just realized the mistakes in the first post. it should me liek this:

    my solution (is this correct?):

    \sin x+\sin(\frac{\pi}{2}-\frac{x}{2})=0

    2\sin\frac{x+\pi}{4}\cos\frac{3x-\pi}{4}=0

    2\sin\frac{x+\pi}{4}=0, \cos\frac{3x-\pi}{4}=0

    \frac{\pi}{4}\leq\frac{x+\pi}{4}<\frac{3}{4}\pi, \frac{\pi}{4}\leq\frac{3x-\pi}{4}<\frac{5}{4}\pi

    \frac{x+\pi}{4}=0, \frac{3x-\pi}{4}=\frac{\pi}{2}

    since 0\leq x<2\pi, x\neq -\pi

    x=\pi
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    Re: solving equation

    Your solution looks fine to me.
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